The Performance Series takes place at the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center also known as "The Old Carriage House".
The Arts Center faces Watson Road; however, it is part of the Fanwood Borough Hall property and the actual address is
75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ 07023. Please go to our Directions page for in depth directions, maps and photos at:
directions, and our Venue page to learn more about this beautiful historic building.
March 31, 2018 - Frances Luke Accord
"Frances Luke Accord are the definition of lean-in music." - Joni Deutsch, NPR's Mountain Stage
Frances Luke Accord are an independent Chicago based duo hailing originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated
multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre
fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles. Although prevailingly a modern folk band, FLA sip copious inspiration
from Americana, jazz, soul, and rock. Check them out at: www.franceslukeaccord.com
March 31, 2018 - Jason Spiewak
“alterna-Billy Joel” – The Village Voice
Jason Spiewak, based out of Westfield, NJ, is a singer songwriter whose song writing has been compared to other piano rock
performers of the modern era. Spiewak tackles themes surrounding relatable experiences in life, love, and loss with a sharp
tongue and an eye toward social unrest and boozy personal upheaval. His writing is generally popsensible, but can deliver
elements of blues, rock and Americana.
April 14, 2018 - Kevin Neidig
Kevin Neidig has been described as a singer songwriter and maestro of guitar, banjo, mandolin. His influences include
Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Tony Rice – heroes one and all. Rarely do you get in one musician
the virtuosity of singer, instrumentalist and songwriter. Kevin brings all three with eloquent effortlessness. Check out
his music at www.kevinneidig.com
April 14, 2018 - Annalise Emerick
Annalise Emerick, a singer songwriter, has been on the road virtually non stop. Choosing to leave behind any semblance
of a normal life for that of a traveling musician, was a no brainer for the Nashville spitfire. In 2011, Emerick released
Starry Eyed, to critical acclaim after it debuted on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. Three years later, Emerick returned
with Field Notes. With Field Notes, Emerick situated herself among fans of Brandi Carlile, Patty Griffin, and Eva Cassidy
alike. Check out her web site at: www.annaliseemerick.com
May, 2018 - Rachel Marie
Rachel Marie is a cunning wordsmith, and precociously sophisticated. Clear and mature vocal production colors songs that are
relevant, relatable, and far reaching. The social awareness of folk meets the intro spection of the singer songwriter tradition
with a moderate dose of snark. This Bethlehem, PA native has made regular appearances at Musikfest and at the acclaimed folk
venue Godfrey Daniels where she has shared the stage with Antje Duvekot and the Kennedys. Check out her web site at:
May, 2018 - Debra Cowan
Debra Cowan left her job as a California middle school teacher in 1997 and went to live in Edinburgh, Scotland for six months where
she learned the art of un-accompanied singing. Upon returning to the US she began traveling across New England performing at open mics
within 100 miles of her home in Springfield, Massachusetts. Two decades later, she is a full time performer with a refreshing stage
presence. Her four recordings and a collaboration with musician John Roberts have garnered world wide acclaim. She tours extensively
in the UK and North America. Catch up on her latest info at: www.debracowan.com
June 9, 2018 - Lara Herscovitch
Lara Herscovitch is a gem of a modern American troubadour. A singer songwriter poet, performer and advocate, her highly original
contemporary folk is spiced with blues, pop and jazz influences. She writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and
heart, and delivers performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain diverse audiences. Check out her web site at:
June 9, 2018 - Ryan Harris Brown
Nashville based singer/songwriter, Ryan Harris Brown, uses his love of intimate storytelling and his expert, classic musicianship,
to create songs that are both thought provoking and unforgettable. Influenced by song writers such as John Mayer, Ben Folds, and
James Taylor, Ryan strives to take his listeners on a journey of his own self-discovery, growth, love, and adventure, while inviting
listeners to reflect on their own along side him. Check out Ryan's web site at: www.ryanharrisbrown.com
As usual we will be offering refreshments for sale, during the intermissions. We ussually make some home made cookies, have a variety of chips, and
various other finger foods donated by our volunteers and regular attendees. (Please feel free to bring along something for our intermission food table!)
Our newest sponsor is Ahrre's Coffee Roastery in Westfield and Summit! Ahrre's has graciously offered to donate both decaf and regular coffee, as well as
train our vollunteers how to brew and dispense their carefully roasted coffee correctly! We will be brewing up Ahrre's delicious coffees and offering it to
you in our brand new, commercial, insulated dispensers!
Snapple has generously donated beverages for our intermission. They have also donated a new tent to cover the food tables, and 2 great new coolers on wheels to keep
the beverages that they are donating cold.
Nicks Deli and Pizza will be adding some of their favorite appetizers and pizza samples to our intermission food table. They
are famous for thier New York Style large slices and delicious garlic knots....
Great performances in a historic setting right in your own back yard!
Suggested donation is $15, $10 for seniors and students.
This program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant
from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.